A mum was approached by a stranger when she went grocery shopping with her two children.
The angry critic “told her off” by allowing both of her young boys to sit in the trolley.
On Facebook, she wrote: “I was told off by a lady today and she told me it is illegal. Is she correct?”
The post proved to be very divisive – with some arguing it’s dangerous to cart around two kids at once.
One commenter remarked: “Probably not illegal, but also not a wise idea because of the potential risk of the trolley falling if the weight becomes unbalanced as the kids move.”
And another said: “I don’t know about illegal but if their combined weight is significantly more than the limit stated, your trolley might not be balanced and could tip when you go over a bump if they rock it.”
While many warned the mum of potential risks, others thought the stranger went about the situation in the wrong way.
They said: “It’s kind of a shame the person who told you didn’t try to explain more kindly.”
Coles, the supermarket where the Australian woman was shopping at, also waded into the debate.
They said there’s nothing wrong with parents using “speciality trolleys” that are designed to carry more than one child.
The spokesperson said: “Most Coles stores have a selection of specialty trolleys available for our customers’ convenience.
“These include baby capsule, twin and twin toddler trolleys as well as trolleys for those with limited mobility.
“We encourage parents ensure their children fit safely in the seat and use the seat belts where provided.”
As a general rule of thumb, if there are two seats in the trolleys they're probably safe to carry a pair of children.
So what do you make of the debate? Let us know in the comments section below.
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